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Poll: Half of Americans say racial equality is not yet a reality

Five decades after Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech, a new poll finds that fewer than half of all Americans feel the United States has made substantial progress toward racial equality. President Barack Obama is expected to mark the 50th anniversary of the speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial next week.

Oprah sorry Switzerland racism incident 'got blown up'

Oprah Winfrey ignited a media firestorm when she said she had been a victim of racism while shopping in Switzerland.
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Presenter Oprah Winfrey speaks onstage during the 83rd Annual Academy Awards held at the Kodak Theatre on February 27, 2011 in Hollywood, California. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

TV talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she is sorry for the media frenzy ignited by the revelation she was the victim of racism in while shopping in Switzerland.

During an appearance last week on Entertainment Tonight, Winfrey said a shop assistant refused to show her a $38,000 handbag at the upscale Trois Pommes in Zurich.

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Italian senator Roberto Calderoli compares black minister to orangutan

Senator Roberto Calderoli said at a party meeting recently that Cecile Kyenge, Italy's first ever black minister, looked like one of the apes.
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Italian Integration Minister Cecile Kyenge talks to the press on June 18, 2013 on the sidelines of a International Organization for Migration meeting at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. (Boris Heger/AFP/Getty Images)
"I love animals... but when I see pictures of [Integration Minister Cecile] Kyenge, I cannot help thinking of similarities with an orangutan," the senator reportedly said.
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Fear of a black Europe: Racism rises on the Old Continent

BRUSSELS — From soccer hooligans to mainstream politicians, there's something rotten in Europe's race relations.

FHM model Jessica Leandra dos Santos in racist tweet controversy on Twitter

Jessica Leandra dos Santos, a South African model, sparks Twitter furor over a tweet in which she uses a racist term for a black person.
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South African model Jessica Leandra dos Santos has sparked a Twitter furor over a tweet in which she uses racist language. (Screengrab)
Jessica Leandra dos Santos, a South African model, in a tweet used the "k-word," a racist term for a black person.
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Jean-Paul Guerlain, French parfumier, fined for making racist comments

Guerlain, 75, told a TV interviewer that he had worked "like a negro" on his company's famous Samsura scent. "I don't know if negroes have always worked so hard, but anyway," he continued.

Germany: Neo-Nazi murder victims remembered with ceremony, minute's silence

Chancellor Merkel urged Germans to be vigilant against far-right extremism, citing Edmund Burke's famous warning: "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

Britain: justice delayed, finally triumphs

In a dramatic conclusion to one of the most notorious criminal cases of the last quarter century the killers of Stephen Lawrence are finally convicted of the crime
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Doreen and Neville Lawrence at the Old Bailey today after their son Stephen's killers were convicted - 18 years after his murder. (CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)
18 years after his murder, a case that changed Britain, the killers of Stephen Lawrence are finally convicted of the crime
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Racist charges against top English Premier League soccer players

England and Chelsea Captain John Terry to be prosecuted for using racist language in a match
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Chelsea and England football captain John Terry strides off the pitch following incident in which he is accused of racially abusing an opposing player. Terry has been charged with "a racially aggravated public order offence" over the incident. (ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)
England and Chelsea Captain John Terry to be prosecuted for using racist language in a match
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